Monday, October 8, 2007

Why I Write Like I Do

I ran into Herm F at the Spot who explained why he liked reading this blog. He said something along the lines of how I didn't try to cover up what I thought and felt about the subjects I write about. This was a great compliment I felt and I hope that others feel the same way. I don't have a hidden bias or a need to make myself look good for the scene or sponsors. I'm a married 43-year old climbing lifer with a job, mortgage, and a super-cute 10-month old daughter. I am sometimes possessed, to quote William Butler Yeats, by the "fascination of what's difficult". But as warning, here's a few lines of that memorable poem:

The fascination of what's difficult
Has dried the sap out of my veins, and rent
Spontaneous joy and natural content
Out of my heart

Don't let it happen to any of you--keep yourself open to every side of life.

Props to Peter Hunt for sending China Doll 13 b/c in Dream Canyon. He's a fully-tenured Classics professor at CU with twins... Yessss!!!


Climbing Narcissist said...

Definitely like your style and writings Peter. Your candid insights are definitely refreshing.

sock hands said...

note: v7s do not sap joy and life; they enrich it.

the middle path: not just for buddhists anymore !

chuffer said...

keep on doing what you do!!!

sock hands said...

i'd be really interested in knowing how climbers with young children balance the necessities of parenthood [diapers, etc.], the perks of parenthood [quality play time], work, and spousal time with climbing.

also, as time goes on, i have been really interested in whether one's children will be really psyched on climbing like mom and dad [or just dad in many cases], or whether video games and team sports tend to be more appealing.

just curious about life, really.

as time permits, wax on.